The feds tapped two phones of NBA star Chuck The Rifleman Connors Person over a period of months while investigating him in one of the biggest corruption scandals to rock college sports, it emerged on Tuesday.
The FBI tapped one of Persons phones for three months and another phone for one month, Manhattan federal prosecutor Robert Boone told a judge on Tuesday.
In all they ended up with 16 hours of pertinent calls from two of Persons phones, Boone told Judge Loretta Preska.
The former Auburn University basketball coach is one of four NCAA-linked coaches accused in a widespread scheme to steer players into sometimes questionable business contracts in exchange for bribes from managers, financial advisers and sportswear-company executives and representatives.
Person, for example, stands accused of personally pocketing $91,500 from the governments cooperating witness crooked investment adviser Louis Martin Blazer III in exchange for pushing players to Blazer as clients.
Boone made the evidentiary disclosures at the arraignment of Person and his alleged co-conspirator Rashan Michele following grand jury indictments handed up last week.
Michele, the owner of an apparel company in Atlanta, was the subject of 36 hours of pertinent calls following five months of wiretaps, Boone said.
Both Person and Michele pleaded not guilty to the charges.